Al Briede Gold Cup Race
The 47th annual Al Briede Gold Cup race was held Saturday at its new location. Traditionally the race has been held at City Park but it was moved to Bucktown in Metairie this year. The race was put on by The New Orleans Track Club and benefitted the Christopher Briede Foundation as well as the Louisiana SPCA.
The out and back three mile course started at the Bucktown Marina and took the runners along the edge of the lake with views of the Metairie skyline and the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. The temperatures started out and stayed in the 50s, but it was very humid.
I started out too fast, as I normally do, with about a 6:30 pace. I was at a 7:10 pace at mile 1. At the turnaround I moved up to 4th place and tried to keep up with the 3rd place female. I increased to a 7:36 pace at mile 2 and started to feel the exhaustion in my legs. The 3rd place runner slowed down at this point so I decided to try to catch her. I was about 3-4 seconds behind her with about a quarter mile to go. I tried to pick up the pace but she really picked up the pace and left me in her dust. My tired legs were not sprinting today.
I finished in 4th place with a time of 22:19, good for 2nd in the 30-39 division. I definitely need to focus on trying to maintain my one mile pace throughout and/or trying to actually have negative splits. I was still happy with my time and the race was a good gauge of where I am and where I need to improve for my upcoming races.
I ran the race with two of my running friends. They both posted impressive times. For one of the girls it was only her second or third race and she ran 33:03. I love seeing friends get involved in running and love it even more when they are successful and get PRs. This is why running is such a great sport, anyone at any age can start at anytime.
The post race was held at the Marina. Refreshments included Blue Runner Beans, Chee-weez, bananas, oranges, and Budweiser Beer. The Red Bull girls passed at the new zero carb zero calorie Red Bull. I might have had one and it might have been delicious. Shhhhh.
The race founder, Mr. Al Briede, was present with his family for the awards ceremony. Mr. Briede is one of the founders of the New Orleans Track Club and at 92 he is still active in the running community.
My next race will be the Race For The Fallen, benefitting families of deceased police officers, in Bay St. Louis, MS. For those who know me I am a police officer and participating in this race is very exciting and important to me. The race is Saturday March 29. If you would like to register visit the site at http://pbfi.newleveltech.net/R4TF/?page_id=31” Until next time.